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you're not going to stop criminals -- >> the argument has been very voer sirrous between those who want to stop the selling of these weapons and those who have been affected by the murders. t carnage. it was really quite something. i want to thank all my guests and the audience tonight. it's a crucial debate. i'm not pretending i'm right about it all. i respect everybody's opinion, but something, as the president said, has to change to stop the
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slaughter of innocent americans. enough surely is enough. we began this special with the heart wrenching interview with the father of jesse lewis who died in newtown. the man has dignity and grace. that's all for us tonigh> that's all for us tonigh> that's all for us tonight. good evening, again, everyone. we're here live at the town hall in newtown, connecticut. it has become for all the wrong reasons main street usa. that may all change. plenty of news on that subject tonight with president obama laying out a plan of action today an the national rifle association planning to speak on that later this week. for now, people here are focused firmly on the moment, not each living day by day, but for the survivors, the families living hour by hour, minute by minute, second by second even.
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they are tending to the heart wrenching duty they have to bury the dead, and the duty we all have to remember and honor. daniel barden was just seven but called the spark of his family. always smiling. and had two front teeth missing. daniel's dad is a musician, and daniel followed his lead by playing the drums in a mini band he formed with his older brother and sister. his family describes daniel as a thoughtful and affectionate boy. whenever he saw kids sitting alone in the lunchroom in school he would join him. in an interview with katie couric, his dad, mark, remembers teaching him to play "jingle bells" before he went to school. >> we held hands on the way to the bus. and that was our last morning together. he did get up early that morning and ran down the driveway so he
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could kiss his brother good-bye in his pajamas. it was 22 degrees. he was exceptional. >> in his owe bit webituary, hi said he was a source of laughter and joy. charlotte bacon was six years old. she had a big personality. she was smart, precocious and outgoing. she loved to talk, she could carry on long conversations with just about anyone, kids, adults it didn't matter. she never met an animal she didn't love, and had talked of becoming a vet since she was two years old. charlotte was extraordinaryly gifted, her family says, and loved going to school to learn. she also loved her karate classes with her dad and brother, where they relished kicking and throwing punches. on friday morning, charlotte
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wanted to wear her new pink dress to school. pink that was her favorite color. charlotte's grandmother tells of that morning. >> she loved dresses and she insisted on wearing the dress. my daughter said okay. she had red natural curly hair. my daughter braided it for her an put her hair in pigtails. and she wore white boots and my daughter said she looked adorable mom. she said i look back and i think of charlotte dressed like that and she was getting ready to go see jesus in her new dress. >> her family writes the family will remember her beautiful smile, her energy for life. she has left a place in her extended family's hearts that will never be placed. >> with her big brown eyes, 6-year-old carol previdi was nicknamed boo character in the movie monsters inc.
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she was all smiles and called silly caroline because of the way she tried to make people laugh. she had a spunky side, loved to draw and dance. she was in the first grade and neighbors remember her sitting on the school bus sitting next to a nervous kindergarten boy who was going to school for the first time. she wanted to make sure that he wasn't scared. for vicki soto, teaching was passion and a life-long dream. she was 27 years old. five years ago she began teaching first grade at sandy hook elementary, and she loved every moment of it. her mom says vicky loved her students more than life. always referring to them as her kids, instead of her students. she wanted to be known as a good teacher but also as a fun teacher. her students loved her. many said she was their favorite teacher. on friday, vicki died a hero. after hearing gun shots, she herded her kids into the closet and shielded them from the gunman.
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>> she loved her kids. she talked about them all the time with such fondness and caring. she adored them. and i have no doubt in my mind she did everything she could to protect everyone of them. >> vicki was equally passionate about her family. she was known as queen victoria at home. the ringleader who organized christmas every year. her family said she loved the beach and the new york yankees. in her obituary they write she was an amazing daughter, cousin, sister, teacher and friend, and died protecting her kids. we couldn't be prouder of our hero. her beloved dog roxie still waits every day for vicki to come home from school. >> we will remember them. paul simon performed at vicki's funeral and sang the song "the sound of violence." we wanted to show the pictures they were from the service of daniel barden who wanted to be a firefighter when he grew up. people supported us after 9/11
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we saw a devastating photograph today as well in britain's daily mail, the photo of lauren russeau's first graders who were killed on friday. this was grace mcdonnell's class. even as a little girl, lauren russeau knew she wanted to become a teacher. on friday she was where she wanted to be, filling in for a teacher on maternity leave. the shooting ended what her mom said was the best year of her life. the year she spent with her boyfriend, tony. poppy harlow spent time with him. >> it says me, since i've been with you. thanks for rubbing off on me. >> 30 and in love.
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tony and lauren russeau. >> do you you remember the moment you realized you were in love with her? >> yes, the first date, i had with her i knew. >> at a wine bar where they shared her first kiss. she called him lovy. and she didn't like to honk her horn at people who cut her off in traffic. she thought it would be mean if she honked at them. lauren liked to send tony cards like this one. >> tony, this card made me giggle and think of you. very appropriate. bananas! >> reporter: these silly photos taken at a friend's wedding exactly two months before lauren died. this is the second try at making funny faces. there was a first one where she was like i don't have a funny face. >> reporter: they just celebrated one year of dating in november. >> i'm glad that i had a good relationship for a year instead of a relationship that had fights for years. >> reporter: the same month she became a permanent substitute
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teacher at sandy hook elementary. >> she was thrilled. she loved to tell me what she was doing that week. she would send a text, we're doing this. we're doing that. would send tons of pictures of kid kids what they had created that day. >> reporter: they were planning to see "the hobbit" friday night, but the last text tony received from lauren was at 8:58 a.m. >> it doesn't seem real or permanent. >> reporter: you think you might see her again. >> i'm convinced that i'll see her again. i have a little squish pillow that she had that smells like her perfumes and stuff. >> reporter: and it still does. >> and when i wake up i can smell my girlfriend's perfume and it makes me cry. >> reporter: the love of her life is how lauren's obituary describes tony. >> i only got one year with her. i don't know, it's kind of bad
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to say, but i'm jealous of her friends that got more than one year. all i got was one. but it was a really good year. >> reporter: you hugged president obama when he was here sunday night. >> yeah, but i want a hug from lauren, you know, and i'm not going to get that. >> i know. >> reporter: it's this song they both loved and this song that will always remind tony of his lauren. ♪ i love the way you say good morning ♪ >> i want the world to know that lauren was a great person, she touched the lives of everyone she ever met even if you met her once, you liked her. she was a great person. she didn't deserve this. no one deserved this. >> so hard to imagine. poppy harlow joins us now. you say that lauren had already given tony some christmas presents. >> a prepared teacher. she had already wrapped up gifts and given them to him.
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i asked him did you open them? >> he said i can't and i won't. then it is over. you get the sense from him he feels like she is going to come back. they were that connected. >> and she worked multiple jobs. >> yeah. his nickname for her was busy bee. i said why did you call her that? he said she worked so hard, substitute teacher, worked at a catering company, worked at a local starbucks for 20 hours a week. i went to that starbucks to talk to some co-workers, and some were wearing buttons that said 12/14/12 heart lauren. and they had a table for people to write their thoughts to her. i want to tell you, anderson that tony asked us to thank you. he said what i appreciate so much is he's not talking about the shooter. he's talking about us and the people we loved. tomorrow, the love of his life will be buried here. >> thank you very much. appreciate that. >> about a 20-minute drive from here in danbury, people gathered for a tribute to newtown. gary tuchman is there. he joins us now.
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gary? >> anderson a very emotional evening right now. this is a painful story for all of us all over the world and it is acute here in the state of connecticut. and right now in danbury, connecticut, about 15 miles away from newtown, a tribute to newtown, to the victims, the survivors, music, prayer. a short time ago a video tribute of the 20 children who died and the six adults who died and it was so emotional. so hard to watch. beautiful music playing. beautiful songs playing while everyone in this room, hundreds of people from throughout the state of connecticut experiencing it. one thing, anderson, i know it is the same with you, we have covered so many tragedies, it's so discouraging, bombings, shooting. what's amazing, here we made so many friends already. i'm grateful for the friends i've made at these tragedies but
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so sorry for making these friends. that is what is happening right now. people are getting together. there is no such thing as closure. there will be suffering, particularly the families of these loved ones. but the more people stay together, become friendly together, the easier that recovery will be for them. but it is never complete for so many people. anderson? >> gary, thanks. a lot more ahead, including a conversation with a sandy hook parent about president obama's call about gun control. that the next from newtown. customer erin swenson bought from us online today. so, i'm happy. sales go up... i'm happy. it went out today... i'm happy. what if she's not home? (together) she won't be happy. use ups! she can get a text alert, reroute... even reschedule her package. it's ups my choice. are you happy? i'm happy. i'm happy. i'm happy. i'm happy. i'm happy.
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>> i will use all the powers of this office to help advance efforts aimed at preventeding more tragedies like this. we won't prevent them all, but that can't be an excuse not to try. >> president obama pledging to make gun control a central issue in the weeks ahead. new cnn polling shows growing support, 52% now in favor of major restrictions on gun
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ownership or out right prohibition, up five points since august. breaking it down, 37% favor major restrictions. 15% want to make all guns illegal. 33% support minor restrictions and 13% say they want no restrictions at all on gun ownership. change notwithstanding, that's still pretty evenly divided, which may explain why some conservative democrats and others are advocating army teachers. so fort far the national rifle association has been absent from the debate. they are expected to make a statement on friday. joining me is the father of a 3-year-old from sandy hook who crossed paths with the killer in the hallway, and lillian bittman former chairman of newtown's board of education. appreciate you being with us. we talked about something having to come out of this. andre, for you that means some
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sort of regulation. >> definitely so. i think the entire country is actually fed up with where we are now. i think majority of the country are -- silent majority, up to now, like i was three days ago. you know how heavy it hit everybody, how shaken up my friends are in other states of this great nation and in other countries of the world. i'm getting phone calls from russia, portugal, uk, people cannot believe what's happening here. people in, like, i was in virginia, i went to d.c. to see our senators on capitol hill. >> you already did that? >> yes, yes i returned this morning. >> do you feel that there is a possibility for change? >> definitely. we met with senior aids to
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president of the united states. valerie jarrett and she told us this is a personal priority for our president. he is making a personal commitment to advance this cause, to make our schools safe to make our public safe. this should not be a partisan issue this should be an issue for the entire nation. we should join the ranks and we should create policies that are balanced that would -- >> lillian for you, you want to have a civil discussion about this. >> very much so. >> but you want something to come out of this. >> absolutely. i'm not the only one. all of the funerals and wakes i've attended, people have to have it be a civil discussion and change now. there's actually a group now that has formed in newtown, my husband and i are a part of, called newtown united. i very much tonight would like to ask the nation to join us.
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because we are not looking -- like he said, we are not looking to ban guns. what we are looking for is a civil discussion on gun control, mental health, and school safety and school facilities. so that we as a nation can work together very, very civilly to come up with a solution. what andre said, it's not partisan, is exactly how we feel. all the people around the country, all of my other friends across the country to join us. if they want to do that, we have a facebook page, newtown united. they should jump on that and join us in that so we can create a critical mass to show washington that we're serious about this. we want them to work together. >> you were saying today you left the house at 9:00 a.m. this morning. you haven't been home. you've been going wakes and funerals. >> all day. >> all day long.
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>> my husband coined a term which is awful, but it's an assembly line of wakes and funerals. we can't figure out which one to go to we have to divide and conquer. the teachers, the sandy hook teachers are struggling trying to get to as many as possible. that's true for a lot of the parents, anyone associated, we're all struggling with that. >> you are often waiting two hours to get in to pay your respects. two to five hours. it's freezing cold. yesterday it was raining. that is a wonderful thing because so many people are coming out to support the families. and then part of the reason you're waiting, too, is our town is gridlocked with traffic from people from out of town, from the media. so, we have to plan to leave our houses sometimes an hour before you want to be there. you want to be at the funeral an hour beforehand. we can think of nothing else but funerals, wakes and maybe taking a meal to somebody.
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>> andre, how is your son doing? he was there. >> it is difficult to talk about that. he is a little guy. he keeps a lot within himself. it's kind of -- you see some signs like something wants to come out, but bits and pieces. it is really too early to tell how it effected him. my older kids 13 and 14-year-olds they and their friends are profoundly effected. because they understand the death the enormity of the tragedy. you know? those kids, those little kids, that they actually babysat. >> right. >> it just -- you know, they're like little kids, little friends that are not there anymore. >> can change really happen? do you you believe that? >> i believe this time it can. based on what i am seeing across the country. i think this is a tipping point. and i'd really like to say to the nation, i know i said
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before, let's lead it with love. let's lead with love. but also a child shall lead them. we have 20 children trying to point us the way. if we don't follow their lead, we have failed them and their deaths are in vain. i can't stand that. all the people at all the funerals and wakes i've been to, that's the main message. their deaths have to have meant something so a little child will lead us. >> thank you very much. >> we too should join as a nation. we should be better than this. >> yes. yes. >> andre, thank you very much. appreciate it. last night the uncle of 6-year-old noah pozner told us there were scams being set up, actually collecting donations or attempting to collect donations in noah's name profiting off this tragedy. we were stunned by that. today drew griffin investigated this, tracked down the person who seems to be the source of one of these scams. we'll show you what he found out next.
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there have been, of course -- you're looking at a picture of a memorial, one of many in this town. we learned that strangers of the families are trying to kap ingi capitalize on this tragedy. last night the uncle of the 6-year-old boy noah pozner are told us there were scams set up in his name profits off of this tragedy. we will speak with noah's uncle in a moment. drew griffin has done a lot into charity scams over the last few years. he managed to track down the person who allegedly behind this. drew griffin joins me live. what did you find? >> that e-mail we tracked down to a woman in the bronx. she was also collecting
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donations for hurricane sandy victims we got a camera and went to the house. we got a camera and went to the house where the monies were allegedly directed to. at first there was no answer and then a half hour later a surprised noah alba when she answered the door. >> hi, are you miss alba? you set up, you say, donations on behalf of one of the victims of the newtown tragedy. >> no. >> reporter: no? >> you have your name and address on the e-mail. >> i'll show you what i have. >> she allowed us into record her voice already. telling us an odd story. she's in a crafting community. she makes victorian picture frames. blames that e-mail on enemies within the crafting community. we are giving you this detail so you guys can decide -- you know, what kind of e-mail was sent out here. concerning the e-mail that we are talking about, despite a lot of evidence to the contrary, she
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says she has nothing to do with it. this says this has your e-mail on it right there this is about noah pozner's funeral. >> i never sent that. >> reporter: take a look at it, ma'am it has your e-mail all over it. the second page gives your p paypal account and a bank routing number that you say you set up. >> that's not my paypal account. i mean, i have a paypal account like that. >> reporter: is that your e-mail? >> which one. >> reporter: says right there. >> yeah, that's one of my gmails. >> reporter: it is your gmail account. >> you should know that the family tells us they are upset by this. >> but i never did anything to them. >> reporter: who sent this e-mail out? >> i never sent this e-mail out. i don't have a reason to send any he e-mail out. >> all very fishy anderson. the bottom line we couldn't find out if the woman's claims are
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true that this is some sort of set up by her enemies. she claims she did get about 300 dollars in paypal donations that she says she immediately returned. again, a clear example of how quickly these e-mails pop up after a tragedy. we did a story after hurricane sandy. some of those were set up before the storm hit. you have to know where the money is going. don't believe anything in a website or an e-mail. if you want to donate, do your homework. in this case, we exposed this. this woman admitting it's not a good charitable avenue to give, so don't. this is so sickening to me as is many of the charity scams you exposed over the past year, but i think it's important to name this person again. noelle alba? >> that is her name. and her story is her enemies within the crafting community --
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>> that's the most ridiculous things i've ever heard. a, that she has enemies in the crafting community and they have set up a paypal account about hurricane sandy and this beautiful little boy. it's just ridiculous. >> yeah it is very troubling. but, as i said now, we've exposed this woman, this e-mail is obviously a hoax. don't do it. but be aware. it's sad to say, anderson, there's 20 kids out there, 20 names of kids, people will take advantage of this in any way they can. they will. >> well, you know, we should get from as many of the families as want the information out, legitimate memorial funds and sites and put them on our website. we'll start to do that starting tomorrow. noah's uncle -- noah pozner's uncle is with me right now. you have set up a site, correct? >> that's correct. somebody had set up the domain
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name, noahpozner.com in his name right after the tragedy. we challenged that with godaddy. >> so someone after the tragedy bought the domain name. that's sickening to me. >> that's correct. we have friends in the online community and we challenged it. we have the website now. that's the official website now. the person, i don't know what their intentions were, but that is suspicious by itself. >> so noahpozner.com is -- >> that's the official website. it's the family's website. we also bought the other related domain names. >> it's incredible you have to do that. >> that's exactly right. instead of doing things with our family, i'm running around trying to protect the family. i look at my nieces, i think of these scammers, they're stealing from them. they're survivors of this
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tragedy. >> it's infuriating. >> it's infuriating. so, i will do everything i can to protect them, and to get the word out. today, as to this ms. alba, i contacted the fbi. they are looking into tchlit. they we they were very interested in the information that we provided. >> hopefully they can look into her finances. that should be easy to track down. where can people go to help? you know what, we heard noahpozner.com and noahpozner.org. are there other places? >> one-stop shop go to cnn.com, and go to impactyourworld. we have some websites set up for the children, the families, also the school district. there are a lot of things people can do for this community that don't involve money. you can get all of that information at
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impactyourworld@cnn. those are some of the vetted sites. we will keep adding on as we get information from the families themselves. >> okay. we will try to reach out. if families or any representatives of families are listening, we would like to get that information out there. i wish you the best. i'm sorry that you have to deal with this kind of stuff. i hope it helps. >> appreciate it. >> thank you. >> thanks for alerting us to the issue. we'll continue to stay on it. >> that's great. thank you. coming up next, the latest on the investigation including reports on what we know about the investigation. debra feyerick has that. she'll join us ahead. [ male announcer ] this is amy. amy likes to invest in the market.
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in the evening when you go home, you deal with it. you talk to your family. you sort of collect your thoughts and try to just cry.
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cry, that's what we do. >> the president of connecticut's funeral director's association reflecting on the enormity of the tragedy. police are trying to figure out what happened here. maybe even uncover some reasons why. authorities have found no notes laying out a motive and so far no clues have been recovered from the computer smashed by the shooter before the rampage. debra feyerick has more. one of the questions that is still unanswered is why this person chose this school we are learning now of the connection? >> the connection is that he actually went there. he went to sandy hook elementary school. cnn has been able to confirm through various people that he was in the first, the third, the fourth and also the fifth grade. he was six years old when his family moved into this house back in 1998. six years old, the same age as some of those children he cut
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down in cold blood. we've seen a photo of a t-shirt that all the classmates signed. his name right there on that t-shirt. also a former classmate who lives on this street told cnn she used to ride the bus with him to sandy hook elementary school. and the school bus today anderson stopped no more than 50 feet from his home. children, first graders who live in this area, they were getting on this bus. and there were other students who will never get on that bus. that's the connection. we have confirmed that he in fact attended numerous grades at sandy hook elementary school. so even though officials say he had no recent connection, he had a connection to that school. >> there are report that's shooter was actually home alone in the days leading up to friday. what do you know about that? >> yeah. that's exactly right, anderson. the mother actually left the gunman alone in the home for several days prior to the massacre. our colleague has confirmed that the mother traveled to new
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hampshire, staying in a resort. she left here early tuesday, she returned after dark on thursday. the next morning, the friday morning, her son entered her room and shot her four times in the head. she was his first victim before he drove off to go to that school. it's unclear whether this 20-year-old who had aspergers, whether he was alone for the entire three days or whether somebody was coming in and checking in on him. friends said she would leave him alone while she would make these mini trips, but if there was a problem she would cancel the plans and stay with him. so we do know that there was time where he was alone in the home with those firearms, anderson. >> debra feyerick, appreciate that. people across the country and around the world are paying tribute to the victims. this video from california. we have more tributes coming up.
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we will of course be bringing you more moments from here in newtown. but first, i want to talk about something that happened
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overseas, a reminder, again b the brutality of the syrian regime, a reminder hitting close to home for all of us here at "360" and anybody who is a regular viewer of this program. for more than a year now we have been getting regular updates from inside syria from a brave man. a man who during one of our conversations told me since the beginning of this revolution, since he began demanding freedom for his country with his voice that he, this 38-year-old man can hear his voice for the first time. we are getting word from his family this week that syrian secret police have detained him and his brother. they are holding them at a location called building 215, an infamous facility used for torture and abuse. you can see him standing on the right side of this photo, he holds a ph.d.. he's a dean at the european college in syria. his brother is a medical student studying at the university of
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damasc damascus. relatives say time is of the essence to free them. they want us to tell this story in the hopes that someone inside syria and the regime will listen. the family posted a facebook page demanding the brothers released and declaring the assad regime responsible for their wellbeing. he came on this program more than a dozen times updating us on what is happening inside syria. what he was seeing with his own eyes. he knew he was putting his life at risk. i spoke to him repeatedly about this and i spoke to him less than two weeks ago about reports that syria was preparing to launch chemical weapons it was his last interview before the secret police took him away. here is what he said. >> what are you hoping for now? is there hope? >> i mean, for me personally, for the majority of the syrian people, nobody has any hope in anything. it will continue because this is
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happening for sure. i mean we will win in the end and we are sure that the international community would not do anything at all. would not do anything. nobody cares about us. we are not scared of him at least personally. i'm not scared of the chemical weapon, does it make a difference to die with a bullet of a chemical weapon? which death is more painful? with chemical weapons or with bullets? >> did you ever think it would get to this point? how do you get through each day? because, as you say, the world has watched his happen. we continue to watch it happen every night. >> well, anderson, it is simply stated like this. when the syrian people stop the revolution, they want real freedom, equal citizenship, justice for all, democracy. that's it. we expect -- we know this regime
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is really brutal. we expected brutality but not this much. at least for myself. no. is it worth it? yes, thank god we had this revolution. i don't know how we lived with the regime for four decades. thank god we have a solution, we are paying with lives. our life is just ruined. just ruined. but thank god we have the solution and thank god we will win the battle on our own without anybody's help. enough. enough. even if it takes another 100,000 people. enough. this is not a regime, this is anything you can, i don't know what you call it. killing. killing, killing. shelling, shelling. mortars, jet fighter s, helicopters. rockets, against what? civilians? enough. >> zaidoun thank you very much
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for talking. >> thank you, anderson. >> enough he said. zaidoun wasn't fighting with weapons, he was fighting with his voice and he was aware of the risk that he took speaking with us every time and we knew the risk of his speak as well. it is understandable for anyone to put themselves in that situation to ask us to hide their identification, but he did not. in fact, he insisted that we use his name. he felt free because he was speaking out for the first time in his life. 38 years old, for the first time in his life he was able to use his name and voice his opinions in a regime that has never allowed that. we only interviewed him over the phone, even though he offered to come on camera. he wanted to show his face. we wouldn't do that, even though he didn't have to, he asked us to use his full name. demanded we use it, in fact. i asked him about that decision
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all the way back in the fall of 201 2011. >> you are being very brave, you're asking us to use your full name, and telling us where you are. i know you have been interrogated by security forces. why are you willing to speak out and use your full name? >> because it is enough. people are dying because it is enough. after eight months, you still believe a lie. that you can control and overcome this uprising. you can do one thing now. save more lives. please stop the killing. when i chant i want freedom i can hear my voice for the first time in my life, now how can i give up this even if it costs me my life? >> he said he could hear his voice for the very first time in his life. imagine that. the man is a hero to me and many of us on this program. our thoughts and prayers or with him and his family.
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according to his relatives, his mother and sisters two daughters and wife are all in syria right now. we worry about them every moment of every day. there are other important stories we're following as well. tonight susan hendricks is here with the 360 bull ten. >> anderson, three state apartment officials resigning today following an independent report on the deadly consulate attack in bengahzi, libya. it found failures in management deficiencies. two were found to be responsible for security deficiencies at the consulate. >> with time running out to strike a deal on the fiscal cliff, president obama today accused republicans of focusing on besting him personally. later house speaker john boehner accused the white house of failing to offer a deal balancing tax hikes and spending cuts. and president obama is "time" magazine's person of the year. time credits him for forging a new majority, turning weakness into opportunity during an election.
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runners-up included the 15-year-old education activist shot by the taliban, and tim cook, apple's new ceo. >> we'll be back with some incredible children raising their voices to honor the victims of sandy hook elementary. ñ?
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the people of newtown connecticut are not alone with their grief. people all around the world are
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offering love and support. here's a tribute from students at ps22 grade school in staten island. they have been through a lot this year, the hurricane hit them hard, but they still had room to lend out their heart to other others. >> somebody suggested yesterday on our facebook page that we sing their school song. you are guys okay with that? >> yes. >> you sure? >> yes. >> anybody not okay with this? >> no. >> cool. ♪ ♪ three cheers for the green and the white ♪ ♪ sandy hook school forever ♪ sandy hook elementary ♪ a very special place to be
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>> they are going to be performing at president obama's inauguration as well the chorus of ps22. >> we want to leave you with sights and sounds of sandy hook, as we honor the victims forever in our hearts. ♪ >> it's a tribute to the schools. because i have two kindergartners in school now. just no words you can say for it. ♪ ♪ >> the outpouring of love in the community and throughout the world has been unbelievable. ♪ >> we need to find some way to come together around all victims of violence. ♪